A wildlife NGO in Assam has launched a training programme for teachers to not only spread the message of wildlife conservation but also help them with environment education so that they can work as experts in the field.

Aaranyak, an NGO working for biodiversity conservation since 1989, recently held a training programme for 26 teachers at the Bansbari range of the Manas National Park. The teachers were drawn from schools located in the fringe areas of the park.

The programme was conducted jointly with a Paris-based NGO, Awely, which aims at preserving endangered species and biodiversity, said Jayanta Kumar Pathak, Aaranyak’s training and education officer. “A teacher is ideal for guiding society through his or her knowledge and wisdom. So we thought of generating awareness through one of the most respected professions in society.”